5,642 M

Mount Elbrus is part of Caucasus Mountain Range that stands on the border of two continental plates, Europe and Asia. It has two summits, which the West Summit (5,642m) is a little bit higher than the East Summit (5,621m). Elbrus is one of the Seven Summits representing Europe since it is in the Russian region. There are two ways to get to the summits of Mount Elbrus, one is from the north and the more popular one is from the south. Climbing from the south begins from Terskol Village in Baksan Valley. You can get there by bus from Mineralnye Vody. There are regular flights from Moscow to Mineralnye Vody. The south slope of Mount Elbrus was a famous ski region. Many people came not only to climb, but also skiing and paragliding. So climbing from south is rather easier than from the north, because there is already ski lift built to get to the elevation of 3,800m. It’s called Azau Cable Car. Before start to go up, climber usually do the first acclimatization to Cheget Mountain. Then go by Azau Cable Car and stay in the hut on 3,800m. After another acclimatization, it’s a long hike from the hut to the summit. Or you can cut half the distance by using a snow-cat.








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  • DAY 1 : Fly to Moscow

    Upon arrival, we go straight to hotel and rest

  • DAY 2 : Moscow-Mineralnye Vody-Terskol

    Today we fly to Mineralnye Vody in the morning, for 2 hours. Then continue by private van to Terskol for 4 hours. After check-in at the hotel, we will check your gear for climbing. If not sufficient enough, you can rent the gear here at Terskol. Stay overnight.

  • DAY 3 : Acclimatization to Cheget (3,000 m)

    In the morning, we go for acclimatization at Cheget. It is an easy 2-3 hours walk and go back to hotel for lunch and sort out the gear you need to rent, if any.

  • DAY 4 : Terskol-Mountain Refuge (3,800 m)

    We go by private van to Azau station of Elbrus cable car and go up to the refuge at 3,800m where we will stay for the next 3-4 days climbing Elbrus. We leave our things in the refuge and go up again to 4,100m for acclimatization, where there are several other refuge. 1.5 hours walk. Here we spend a couple hours on snow training and go back down to the refuge.

  • DAY 5 : Acclimatization to Pastukhov Rocks (4,750 m)

    Last acclimatization at Elbrus. We go again up the snow fields to Pastukhov Rocks. 5-6 hours walk. Back to the refuge.

  • DAY 6 : Rest day

    Today we rest at the refuge and prepare for summit day

  • DAY 7 : Summit day

    It’s a long and hard day to ascend to Elbrus summit. First, we take snow cat to the top of Pastukhov Rocks. Hike up to the saddle (5,300m) between two summits. A traverse of 30-35 degrees slope leads to the summit plateau, and then it’s short small hike to the summit. It takes 10-14 hours round trip to the summit and back. We will take snow cat again from the top of Pastukhov Rocks to the refuge.

  • DAY 8 : Back to Terskol/Reserve day

    After breakfast, we will go back to hotel in Terskol for a hot shower and celebration at dinner. This day also apply as a reserve day.

  • DAY 9 : Terskol-Mineralnye Vody-Moscow

    Transfer to Mineralnye Vody. Then take a flight back to Moscow. If we have plenty of time at Moscow today, we can do a city tour.

  • DAY 10-11 : Fly back home

    Fly back home. End of trip

  • Visa Invitation
  • Russian Visa
  • Domestic flight Moscow-Mineralnye Vody round trip
  • Airport transfer Moscow
  • Transportation Mineralnye Vody-Terskol round trip
  • 2 nights hotel (twin share) in Moscow
  • Full accommodation in Terskol
  • Special registration visa in Elbrus area
  • Climbing permit
  • Cable car ticket
  • Mountain Refuge
  • Meals at Moscow
  • All meals in Elbrus area
  • Guides
  • Snow-cat for summit day
  • Group climbing equipment (ropes, picket, etc)
  • International flight to Moscow round trip
  • Moscow city tour
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal natural expenses (telephone, laundry, etc)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities